'Immortalised by Art'
Curated Group Exhibition (2018)
Kerry is hugely honoured to have organised, curated and participated in this very special two week exhibition from 23rd October to 6th November 2018, hosted at the Salvation Army International Headquarters, 101 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4EH.
‘Immortalised by Art’, a group exhibition held by eight renowned British Cypriot and Greek artists, in honour of H.E. Archbishop Gregorios to commemorate his 90th Birthday and 30 years as head of the Archidiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain. The show brought together both traditional and modern aspects of art, embracing mysterious and Byzantine influences.
The art works in the show included the use of glass, printmaking, photography, acrylic, charcoal, ink and watercolour. The artists are Eleftherios Foulidis, Alexios Gennaris, Alexandros Kapraras, Michael Minas, Yorgos Papadopoulos, Doros Partasides, Despina Symeou and Kerry Zacharia.
The private view reception of “Immortalised by Art” held on Monday, 29th October, in honour of His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios, was a great success with over 120 guests attending. His Eminence speech began with, “I am very moved to be here this evening at a unique event, one at which eight artists have come together to celebrate my life and pastoral ministry as Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain, on the occasion of my 90th birthday yesterday”. It was also a great honour to have among us the General, Brian Peddle, from the Salvation Army International, who instantly became friends with His Eminence. Among other special guests were, Marios Minaides, Chairman of the Association of Greek Orthodox Communities in Great Britain with his wife. The energy in the room was undoubtedly highly charged and most uplifting. Our guest came from many different communities across London and afar.
The exhibition received a very positive response and one of Kerry's aims, as curator and organiser, was to appeal to the public as well as commemorating His Eminence. Most importantly, His Eminence was happy. He took care in discussing every single work of art with its creator. “Immortalised by Art” has been a much talked about event that has already received extensive media attention and will surely continue to be featured for some time. In its last few days, people have been asking whether the exhibition will be shown again, not all people were able to see it on this occasion. This has most certainly been a remarkable exhibition. One of the reviews by James Neophytou, printed in the Parikiaki Newspaper (1 November 2018), said “Immortalised by Art is remarkable, pioneering and authentic. It captures the spirit of a man who will be talked about for generations to come – this spiritual and community leader who walked among us, in flesh and blood.”
Read the address of His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain at the exhibition “Immortalised by Art ” Private View on 29 October 2018 here.
Sadly, the Archbishop passed away shortly after his 91st birthday, making this event even more significant as a celebration of his life.